My family is not particularly known for Christmas spirit. Around this season, my house is filled with statements like:
- “I’m going to the mall to buy your present right now. Still don’t know what to get you.”
- “Mom, I don’t even like Christmas trees. I’m not going to decorate it.”
- “Ew, are we listening to Christmas music?”
Actually, all of those are things my brother says. So I guess it’s really just my brother who’s a Christmas curmudgeon.
But one thing even my brother can get into is Christmas food. Cookies? Yes please. Candy canes? Oh, yeah. Pancake breakfast on Christmas morning? Yum.
This year though, we’ve been a bit short on Christmas food. Most of the cookies I've made lately are off limits to me because (1) they’re not gluten-free and (2) they’re gifts for other people.
As a result, my family has become a little bit jealous. My stepdad is constantly peppering me with, “Hey are those cookies for me? When are you going to make me cookies?” I suggested he use the cookie dough in the fridge to make the cookies himself, but apparently that was too much work.
Hoping to appease my stepdad and other ravenous cookie monsters in my family, I decided to make some non-traditional (but still crazy delicious) Christmas cookies. I didn’t want to make cutout sugar cookies because hey, I work at Zest. I can eat those any time I want! Instead, I made a brownie cookie. What’s that? A cookie that tastes like a brownie. I have named it Brookie. It’s a thick chocolate drop cookie that’s coated in powdered sugar before it’s baked.
The resulting brookies get a beautiful crackly texture on top, that just makes you want to eat like one or a dozen.
Is it just me, or is this one flashing a smile?
adapted from Simply Recipes
Using Zest’s gluten-free flour blend, these brookies were surprisingly easy to make. And of course, the messy process of rolling cookies in powdered sugar is really fun. The original recipe called for a 4-hour chilltime. If you are short on time, stick the dough in the freezer for 1 hour.
makes ~15 large brookies